Seymour's season comes to an end in 8-2 loss to Daniel Boone
Thirty-two wins and a perfect regular season in District 2-AAA were of little consolation for the Seymour softball team on Monday.
The Eagles couldn’t bring runs home in its final two games of 2014 and — despite all their success — were eliminated from the Region 1-AAA tournament in Monday’s 8-2 loss to Daniel Boone.
“I wish I had an answer for that, but I really don’t,” said Seymour senior Lauren Irwin. “Hitting comes and goes. We really tried to work at the beginning to have a strong finish and it just wasn’t there. The bats weren’t there.”
The Eagles (32-8-1) scored just twice in their final 14 innings including a 3-0 loss to South-Doyle in the district championship last week. Monday’s theme was similar with Seymour stranding 10 runners, including two each in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Trailblazers (22-12) made their guests pay for those missed opportunities with a six-run third that virtually assured Daniel Boone would win.
After Kaylin Conkin led off with a double to right that got over the head of Danielle Mull, the Trailblazers’ next three base runners reached via bunts and some Seymour errors. A two-run triple from Jaclyn Jenkins and run-scoring single from pitcher McKenzi Ferguson finished the damage. The frame ended the day for Eagles starter Miranda Duncan, who didn’t allow a hit and struck out two in her first two innings before it came apart.
“It’s just bunts and we just couldn’t make a play,” said Seymour coach Jess Sterling. “What’s that Bull Durham quote? ‘Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains’? That’s what it felt like out there. We just couldn’t stop it. We couldn’t stop the bleeding for Miranda. She kept making good pitches. We’ve just got to make a play.”
The Eagles got two runs back in the sixth, starting with an RBI single from Mull, but the rally was short-lived. Bailey Pierce led off the seventh with a single but Seymour went down in order the rest of the way, leaving Pierce on base like so many other Eagles.
“I think we were just thinking too much at the plate,” Mull said. “Thinking about what needed to be done instead of just throwing your hands to the ball and hitting.”